SPECIAL RELEASE: The Legendary Women Gallery Show 2018 of Guild Members

“Shaping one’s own story is the making of revolution. A story becoming a legend means we open the door to the land of the imaginal narrative. To see things in new ways we need to invite new seeing and self expression. We don’t just rely on reason and what we know to shape the story we want to live into. Or at least we don’t any more.

Legends aren’t born. They are made. With rigor and shimmer and in our case with big paintbrushes, dance moves and poetry. Legends are hand crafted from the stories of the soul. Set free from the cages of the past. Default settings and dead old stories keep us bound. The over-culture and dominant paradigm want us to buy into their story, often invisible but palpable. We say, no thanks.

Awakened ones become a danger to what is acceptable and we become willing to be unacceptable. Once we are free from our cages of conformity we may never fit back in again. And this is a good thing.

Stepping into one’s own legend is a chosen rights of passage that gives one access to what is possible. And along the way, a good time can be found by all!

I don’t know about ya’ll but I think wild awake women is a really good idea.”

Shiloh Sophia
Co-Curator, Intentional Creativity Foundation


For Special Release: The Legendary Women Gallery Show 2018 of Guild Members features the work of both experienced and beginning painters based on the work they created in our signature Cosmic Cowgirl Course: LEGEND.

LEGEND has been running for over 10 consecutive years with hundreds of students. An Intentional Creativity journey designed to lead you into the heart of your personal story with an invitation to transform your life into a LEGEND. The process is focused in image and word and each artist gaining access to her internal voice.

This experience is life changing for how women view themselves, their relationships and their worldview. Plus, it is a a lot of fun, and yes, slightly dangerous to pre-existing frameworks. Most of us have an experience of our voice, as we have been speaking to ourselves from the time we were born, through needs and wants, and eventually thoughts, desires and stories. For many of us however, that voice goes off the tracks and can become an enemy, known as the critic. In the work of LEGEND we transform that paradigm and establish a new relationship with the one within. When we experience an integration with the voice that speaks within us, we can be instantly changed and connected with intuition and being in new and powerful ways.

It is with joy and excitement for the work of women artists who are members of the Intentional Creativity Guild that we present this show.

Get a cup of tea and a journal, pause and just allow yourself to sink into the stories each woman tells through her LEGENDARY SELF.

The LEGENDARY SELF is a combination of fact, fiction, stardust and poetry layered with symbol, code, icon, and hidden doors of meaning specific to each woman’s journey. Most women say they go to a place within their soul that they have never visited before – but once there will never lose access.

This show is made possible through the Intentional Creativity Foundation.

Shiloh Sophia, Curator
Co-Curator, Kendall Scott

To find one of these women near you visit:
http://www.intentionalcreativity.org/guild-members

 

Creativity Impact Survey – Results are in!

Earlier this year the Intentional Creativity Foundation took on an expansive research project where we surveyed over 500 people within the creativity community and we were amazed at the results!

Here are a few statistics to share with you that express the need and impact of being connected to our personal creativity in our daily lives.

Practice and Compassion

93% said they experience creativity as a mindfulness practice
89% said they include creativity as a part of their spiritual practice
89% felt a sense of connection with the Divine (as they define it)
86% felt that their creative practice positively impacted those closest to them.
92% feel that creativity influences their compassion for themselves
90% said they experienced compassion for others near them through creativity
83% experienced compassion for others they did not know through stories they heard
80% said they would suggest creative process to others who experience depression

Self Expression and Well Being

87%+ consider themselves self expressed as compared to before they were creating
86% said they have experienced breakthroughs and aha’s during painting
77% said they choose painting specifically to work through a chosen breakthrough
90 % said they have experienced a shift in their default thinking
88% said they experienced a shift in their personal story through creating with intention
89% said they bring insights into their life discovered while painting
85 % said they experienced an expanded sense of self
79% noticed an ease of physical symptoms while creating
93% experience creating as a relief/break that benefits their overall well being
90% have experienced a shift in recurring emotional pain through creative process
90% said that creativity helped them maintain a healthy outlook

Of those surveyed, 42% said they had experienced sexual abuse, 72% said they
experienced verbal abuse, 24% said they had worked with disease, 49% said
they experienced back pain. 65% said they have experienced depression.


For a list of Intentional Creativity Resources to use in situations of trauma, tragedy or natural disaster, go here.

Announcement: Intentional Creativity Foundation, a Charitable Non-Profit Organization

Intentional creativity is ancient and belongs to all beings.

Creating with intentional symbolism to communicate and tell story has happened all over the world by all peoples in every medium. From the Red Hand Cave paintings of Aboriginal peoples of Australia, to the Japanese Tea Ceremony, Egyptian glyph and myths, Russian icons coded with teachings, Shaman’s drums painted with personal medicine in Asia and Scandinavia, skin story tattoos of the Hawaiian Islands, Native American beadwork, baskets and garments, Hebrew temples and altars, marks on Mexican pottery, African symbols for death and rebirth in paintings. The references are truly everywhere, in both spiritual ritual contexts, as well as in food recipes, the design of gardens, books of poetry, and sacred architecture. All people make forms with specific intent. We get to be a part of the great unfolding of the story of earth through imagery and language with mindfulness.

Today, the legacy of art making with mindful intention, continues in conscious communities, including the Intentional Creativity movement, where tens of thousands of women creating alchemical images of the feminine and bringing their stories to the canvas for healing, transformation and liberation. This is a story worth telling, a legend to be a part of, and the weave of the future we together are creating. Women empowered to serve themselves, their families and communities.

What will future people say about who we are, when they see our creations in 1,000 years? What will they say we focused on, loved and cared for? What will they say we stood for or against? Who will our art show us to be, as a people? Artists have always told the story of humanity in matter based creations – what part of the story are you choosing to tell?

At the Intentional Creativity Foundation, our focus group has been working on the development, philosophy and access to the emergent discipline of creativity for the past twenty-five years. Yet our specific lineage of study goes back to the 1930ies during the Roosevelt administration’s call to artists during the New Deal. This work has been passed from hand to hand for over 80 years as each of us learns the power of putting intention to use, while being conscious of what we are creating, how it feels, and what we discover during and after the process.

By 2018 there will be close to 200 Intentional Creativity Guild Members who are graduates of our Intentional Creativity Training, around the world bringing this technology to the people they serve. We know that all beings are creative, and that the kind of creativity we are offering isn’t based in talent, but a desire to be awake to one’s self and one’s own path. From there, we can answer the call.

May we be of service to awakening consciousness through intentional creativity.

~ Shiloh Sophia
Co-Founder, Intentional Creativity Foundation

It is with a grateful heart that I officially announce that the Intentional Creativity Foundation, our not-for-profit is active, approved, online and ready to rock. Thank you Jonathan Lewis for believing in the vision and making it happen and being the Co-Founder of the foundation. Thank you to all Color of Woman staff and graduates for 8 years of training. Thank you to Cosmic Cowgirls for being the community we first explored this in with depth in circles. Thank you to those who made it possible through their teachings, Sue Sellars, Lenore Thomas Straus, Caron McCloud. Thank you to all of you along Red Thread.

Image by Sue Hoya Sellars

Quote on painting says –
“We must move into the future, creating it as we go.
We have been placed on the edge of history too long now.
We have always been here.”

Intentional Creatives Guild & featuring some of our awesome teachers!

We are excited to announce that our community has come together to form a focus group of Color of Woman Teacher and Coach graduates called the Intentional Creatives Guild. Together we will work towards bringing a global calendar of Intentional Creativity to provide this education where it is most needed and wanted. We will keep you updated as our calendar and our projects begin to unfold. To find a teacher in your area, just go to the Teachers tab!

Our work combines inquiry, intention, imagination and actions to bring about stories that provide insights and awareness.

 

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Color of Woman graduates have a chance to participate in a global Guild of Intentional Creatives post training. We thought it might be wonderful to  feature a few of them with you that actively have classes happening as well as art work developing! Some of these sites are in process, but we think it will be enjoyable to see them and see the diversity of how Intentional Creativity can be used.

 



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Emily K. Grieves

I approach my art making as an opportunity to embark on a journey, to open doorways and to walk along that fine line that separates the visible and invisible worlds, attempting to build bridges of connection between the two.

 


nadya-king-painting-pictureNadya King

I am passionate about helping individuals & groups discover core truths, move through transitions with more ease, & live Legendary lives! As we change our stories, we can change our lives, and that ripples out to our families and communities.

 


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Mary Ann Matthys

Each and everyday you have the choice to make a difference in the world. What will you do with this day? Choose to make a difference.


asia-m-painting-processAsia Morganthaler

To create with intention: to let go of the old stories that no longer serve us, and to think of our lives as legends that we create, and not allowing life to just happen to us.

 


cat-charrisageCat Charissage

Open to Mystery, Explore Life’s Depth Dimensions, Deepen Our Freedom


jassy-watson-painting-processJassy Watson

My desire and intention is to share what I have gained and learned from my life long experiences as an artist and as a trained Colour of Woman teacher and Intentional Creativity Coach with a growing tribe of women who are seeking to explore and express their inner artist.


carole-thomassy-groupinstudioCarole Thomassy

Playful Creative Exploration with other women nurtures you as we connect with others. You discover, as you relax, renew and rejuvenate, that we all require useful tools and techniques to find clarity in our life and define our authentic purpose.


elizabeth-gibbons-classElizabeth Gibbons

Elizabeth leads her students on vision quests and creative adventures utilizing universal sacred symbols and archetypes and the Jungian process of “active imagination”.

 


 kerry-lee-painting-processKerry Lee

Kerry Lee is a transformational catalyst in community guiding artists and “non” artists in Intentional Creativity, where introspection ignites innovation through group retreats, corporate team building and individual coaching.

 


cristy-coates-painting-processCristy Coates

The approaches we use to help you find a deeper sense of self through embodied practice are dedicated to bridging the intersection of science AND mythology, neuroscience AND theology, creative practice AND ancient changework tools that actually work.


cynthia-harrisCynthia Harris

Through my work I endeavour to make the invisible visible. To assist in the understandings of the illusionary world. Exploring what is behind the veils to see the space between the spaces.


rachel-bavis-painting-processRachel Bavis

Art’s ability to awaken the internal muse  – or inner voice—and quiet the inner critic was revolutionary to me. I want to bring that out into the world and back to the professionals who ensure the safety and health of children and nurture healthy families.


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Tina Greene

I am a woman who has always believed in the web that connects all life and the innate worthiness of every living being.  This belief has helped me find the good – the lessons  – in the many challenges that life has brought my way.



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Annette Wagner

I create with the intention of honoring the earth upon whom I walk as well as providing opportunities for others to step into a deeper connection with their heart and their planet through art doctoring and intentional sketching.


heidi-moondancer-site-photoHeidi Sequoia Moondancer

Imagine a safe community of women who believe in you, support you, and challenge you to live loud and on purpose… a tribe of women in a safe and nurturing space to be honest and wildly creative, all without judgement.


brunehilde-site-photoBrunehilde Yvrande

The thing is I don’t really create anything, I just listen. I listen and I follow. With any media at my disposal. Music. Movement. Poetry. Canvas. My job is to open spaces where life can be expressed freely, where emotions can be moved, where I can find my identity, where connection can happen, starting with my body.


denise-daffara-site-photoDenise Daffara

I believe that women gathering in circle is an opportunity for an extremely nourishing shared experience.  Creating with intention and making time for the sacred inside the ordinary are some of the gifts my workshops offer.


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Uma Mulnick

You have such great capabilities, such great potential and one way to explore your creative genius is to allow the artist in you to come out.


rm-hdr_-04-16Amber Kuileimailani Bonnici

is an intuitive creativity coach who helps exhausted women unwind, have fun and recreate the lives they want by teaching them to access their creative power.


suzannegrace-header-turquoise-web2-resized-image-960x462Suzanne Grace Michell

I am devoted to helping women connect with self, spirit and creativity and to consciously choose to take charge of how they are telling their stories – to themselves and to the world.


 kate-langlois-headerKate Langlois

At the heart of my images I’m investigating our interconnectedness, compassion and the expansiveness of Love.


  havi-site-headerHavi Mandell

I am a Shaman Muse for the Soul and HeARTist.

My work, my passion, is to clear away the “I’m not creative, I don’t matter” self-imposed limitations to living fully and freely.


eileen-nash-header Eileen Nash

Eileen Nash is a Visionary Path-Finding Artist, Nurse & Health Professional who Loves working with Nurses & Healers to help You find the Source of Your ‘Mojo’!


flora-aube-siteFlora Aube

Our feminine flow has a rhythm all it’s own, but the busyness of the world makes it easy to disconnect. I can help you re-member how to deeply listen – feeling when it’s time to move and when to be still, when to charge forward, and when to sit in our breath.


crystal-charlotte-easton-siteCrystal Charlotte Easton

Visionary Art is just as astonishing to the Artist as it is to the viewer. This much is certain: the work does not come from the artists… it comes through us.



catt-site-pictureCatt Geller

Maybe you don’t feel creative. Or that artful play is worthwhile. Maybe you’ve tried art journaling or painting before. I am here to say to you that so many things that are good, and nearly everything that is necessary, starts with resistance.

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